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The new TUPE regulations taking effect introduce a number of amendments that could have considerable importance for charitable organisations.
Lobbying Act — what you need to know download
With the Lobbying Bill receiving Royal Assent on 30 January 2014, what are the key things you need to know about this new legislation and what impact is it likely to have?
New procurement directives download
With the European Parliament adopting three new directives covering public procurement on 15 January 2014, Mills & Reeve looks at the potential implications for the third sector.
There may be good news in store for charities in England with listed buildings and/or buildings of special architectural importance.
Synergy created in charity mergers download
With more charities being urged to merge to cope with reduced funding, we take a look at the potential advantages in merging and the legal points to consider before going ahead.
The NAO has issued a report examining how HMRC monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of Gift Aid reliefs, and how it tries to deal with tax avoidance, fraud and error in relation to tax reliefs on donations.
The BBC case serves to highlight the importance of a charity’s independence.
Although charities will want to work with commissioners, there are some issues for charities to keep in mind.
Charity trading download
While a fall in charitable donations will certainly have posed a threat to a number of charities, reports suggest many are adapting by becoming more self-sustainable.
Charity Commission’s powers download
The Cabinet Office has published a consultation on extending the Charity Commission’s powers to tackle abuse in charities.
The Upper Tribunal has held that the holding of balls by a students’ union, was not an exempt supply under the exemption for cultural services.
Lord Hodgson’s charity law review download
At a Westminster Social Policy Forum event on Charity Law and Regulation, Lord Hodgson commented on a number of key points to come out of his review.
Much has been written in recent weeks about how the Lobbying Bill could restrict charities’ campaigning activities during the ‘regulated period’ prior to an election.
The Cup Trust raised £176m from donations during its first two years but distributed just £55,000 to charity and claimed approximately £46m in Gift Aid.
The revised public benefit guidance download
On 16 September 2013, the Charity Commission published its revised public benefit guidance for all charities.
A lack of testamentary capacity is arguably the most commonly pleaded claim by disgruntled family members that are not happy with the contents of a deceased’s will.
Thirty-seven per cent of employers in the voluntary sector make use of zero-hours contracts — a significantly higher proportion than either the public or private sector.
There have been some interesting Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) cases in the last few months.
Fraud knows no bounds download
The third sector is as vulnerable to the threat of fraud as any commercial organisation.
When trustees fail to act with the level of care required, the Charity Commission have clarified the approach that should be taken in its new policy: ‘restitution and the recovery of charitable funds misappropriated or lost to charity in breach of trust’.